America Group Statement on Japan

Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ambassador Glyn Davies

Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency

On Behalf of the North America Group

Remarks as prepared for delivery

Mr Chairman,

The North America Group expresses its heartfelt condolences to the people of Japan for the devastating losses they have suffered as a result of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and their aftermath.

We pay tribute to the Japanese nuclear technicians who have been working heroically for ten days to contain the damage to the Fukushima Dai-ichi facility. We also commend the civil and military personnel assisting them under extremely difficult conditions.

Mr Chairman, our Japanese friends and partners need and deserve more than just our expressions of sympathy. We have joined many other IAEA Member States in offering assistance to the Japanese government and people. President Obama and Prime Minister Harper have stated that our two countries will do everything we can to support Japan in this crisis, and we know Japan’s many other friends remain eager to help in any way possible. We must not forget that all of us as IAEA Member States have an immediate stake in the outcome of this emergency.

As this crisis demonstrates, the IAEA has a crucial role to play in coordinating international assistance, information exchange, and public awareness related to nuclear safety. We thank the Director General for the report of his emergency response mission to Japan.

We look forward to working with the Director General and Member States in the coming days to ensure that this Agency is bringing all of its resources to bear in addressing the current crisis. And once the immediate crisis is behind us, we will work with the Agency and Member States to draw and act upon the lessons of this nuclear emergency, reaffirming our commitment to the highest standards of nuclear safety.

Thank you, Mr Chairman.